[KB] Regarding John McKenzie's question about resistance to Burke
wessr at onid.orst.edu
Thu Dec 6 12:12:16 EST 2007
Classic statements of the resistance to Burke from the standpoint of
literary studies appear in Rene Wellek, Concepts of Criticism, Yale
UP, 1963. Examples:
"Burke's charts, hierarchies, pentads, bureaucracies have nothing to
do with literature. . . . Burke has ceased to be a critic and has set
up as an oracle of an abstruse philosophy" (325).
"The early Burke was a good literary critic, but his work in recent
decades must rather be described as aiming at a philosophy of meaning,
human behavior, and action whose center is not in literature at all.
All distinctions between life and literature, language and action
disappear in Burke's theory" (353).
Quoting Heather Branstetter <findheatherlee at yahoo.com>:
> Hi John,
> I suggest that you check out Barbara Biesecker's book, Addressing
> Postmodernity. While I don't know that I would go so far as to say
> that this exploration of Burke's work represents a "resistance" to
> Burke, she does seem to be looking at him through a critical lens to
> see what arises out of potential weaknesses in the Burkean corpus,
> and in the beginning of the book you get the feeling that she was
> trying to "cover all the bases" by anticipating critique from
> advocates of Burke's work who might view her kind of experimentation
> as an unwelcome attack.
> - hb
> Heather Branstetter
> PhD Candidate, Rhetoric/Composition and Theory
> Dept of English and Comparative Literature
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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